WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Four men are in a race for police chief of Walker. They are from different backgrounds but seem to agree on the most pressing issues.
David Addison, Joey Booth, Chris Dufour, and William Lawson are all vying to replace current Chief Marliam Lee, who is retiring.
Addison is a corporal in the traffic division and has been with the department since 2001. He said his number one priority would be reducing Walker's traffic congestion.
"I know our problems concerning traffic," Addison said. "I know where all our problem areas are, and I just feel I'm the most qualified candidate for this office."
Lawson has been a motorcycle officer with Walker for three and a half years and served 20 years in the U.S. military before that. He said his biggest concern is how the department handles the growing number of people moving to Walker.
"We are a small department, and I believe that we need to grow the same way the city is growing so that we do have the manpower here to protect and serve the citizens of Walker," Lawson said.
Booth retired from Louisiana State Police after 28 years of service. Now three years removed from the force, he wants to return to law enforcement.
"We have to do a better job of networking and working with the community," Booth said. "Building trust relationships. I'm a partnership builder, I won't just work or get along with various groups and units of government. I will partner with them."
Dufour is a lieutenant detective who has been with the department for 20 years. He said he wants to build a better relationship between the community and police officers - one that existed before the city started its current growth spurt.
"It's not something that's going to happen overnight," Dufour said. "The population is growing the police department is definitely growing. But I still think Walker is the type of community that can get back to that."
The election will be held November 8, and a runoff, if necessary, will take place December 10. The new chief will be sworn in on the first Monday in January.